Domestic Witness: "At Home" for Better or Worse





In the spring of 2020 many Americans were sent home by the state, to shelter in place and learn news ways of working “safely”. Others were deemed “essential workers” and forced to labor under conditions of risk. Some faced homelessness while others fled to second homes. This collision of work and home, public and private, exposed multiple fault lines across the axes of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Our current moment is rooted in a long history in which the home becomes a charged site for racialized, classed, and gendered performances of cleaning, cooking, childcare, and schooling. Topics to include: the division of labor, domestic workers, queer and feminist revisions of home, clutter, homelessness, food and nutrition, home makeovers, and efficiency.